Official Name: Verbena officinalis
Other Names: Brittanica, Enchanters Plant, Herba Sacra, Herb of Enchantment, Herb of Grace, Herb of the Cross, Holy Herb, Juno's Tears, Pigeon's Grass, Pigeonwood, Simpler's Joy, Van-Van, Verbena, Vervan
Deities: Cerridwen, Mars, Venus, Aradia, Isis, Jupiter, Thor, Juno
Uses: Love, Protection, Purification, Peace, Money, Youth, Chastity, Sleep, Healing
Ritual Uses of Blue Vervain
Priests in ancient Rome used vervain to cleanse the altars of Jupiter. Small bundles of vervain were constructed, and the altars were swept with these. Traditionally, initiated daughters of Druids were crowned with vervain; this was a sign of the attained rank.
Common Magical Uses of Blue Vervain
Blue Vervain is useful for protection, purification, and love spells. Also known as Enchanters Herb, Holy Herb, Verbena, Blue Vervain, and Holy Wort, it is an absolute must-have herb in any magickal toolbox. It is potent, and its effects can be felt and seen when spell casting almost immediately. It is one of the essential herbs to have on an altar as it is used for anointing tools, as an offering, and to purify the area.
Blue Vervain is a divine herb in Ancient Egypt, believed to come from the tears of the goddess Isis as she wept over the death of Osiris. To the Ancient Egyptians and Chinese, this herb had "hidden powers" and was the herb of prophecy for the magi - Persia's mystic sages.
Vervain is one of the most sacred herbs to the Druids, who gathered it from shady places before sunrise, at the time of the rising of Sirius, the dog star. They utilized it in divination, consecration, and ritual cleansing of sacred spaces.
It is called "Herb of the Cross," folk legend says that Blue Vervain was used to staunch the flow of Jesus' blood after being removed from the cross.
Vervain is used in magick for many purposes like; balance, anointing, centering, banishing, releasing, clearing, prosperity, peace, visions, and prophecy, to name a few. When combined with any other herbs in magic, vervain is believed to enhance the herbs' effects.